No total lockdown in Nagaland for now
DTFs to take call on night curfew, odd-even system
Dimapur, April 19: Even as the Government of Nagaland is not immediately looking at total lockdown of the State, curbs like night curfew, alternate days of markets opening and the odd-even system of vehicular movement might be imposed in some districts after the Government gave powers to the respective District Tasks Force (DTF) to consider such measures.
However, a top Government source said the State Government is not considering imposing total lockdown for now but will take a call if the COVID-19 situation in the State worsens.
The Government of Nagaland on Monday had announced closure of all schools for Class 1 to 8 from April 20 till further orders in view of the rapid surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and an increase in the number of active cases in Nagaland in the past few weeks.
In a letter “Urgent measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the State” issued to all the DTFs today, the State Home Department advised all the DTFs to urgently convene meetings and after studying the COVID-19 situation as existing in their respective districts, and taking other relevant local factors, consider either restricting the assembly of 4 or more persons from 7 pm to 5 am in the urban areas, or opening of markets on alternate days especially in the crowded areas or allowing plying of vehicles with odd and even registered numbers on alternate days in the urban areas.
The letter issued by State principal home secretary Abhijit Sinha, IAS directed all DTF to take immediate action in identifying any persons on arrival from outside the State, to instruct such persons to immediately report to the DTF, to instruct such persons to remain in self-isolation for 10 days, if no negative RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT test report for COVID-19 (test done not earlier than 72 hours prior to entry into the State) is produced on arrival, or if the test result is awaited, or if the person concerned hasn’t completed the COVID-19 vaccination.
The DTFs were also asked to inform all the residents for strict observance of COVID appropriate behaviours including avoiding crowded places and to encourage all eligible persons to avail COVID-19 vaccination, to enforce compulsory wearing of face masks, to check gathering of crowds beyond permissible limit, and to start random screening tests in all high risk settings as advised by the Health & Family Welfare Department.
The letter directed the DTF to submit regular action taken report to the Home Department, General Administration Branch-I. (Page News Service)